By Ted Land and Chris Klint
Channel 2 News
5:16 PM AKDT, May 11, 2012
Anchorage police are looking for help in finding a piece of furniture which may be connected to the murder of Senior Airman Clinton Reeves.
Reeves, a fuel technician at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, was reported missing after he failed to report for duty April 23. His parents arrived in Alaska to help conduct a search for him, which ended Wednesday after a body found Tuesday in Eagle River was identified as that of the 24-year-old airman.
APD spokesperson Lt. Dave Parker says homicide detectives are looking for a black “pleather” love seat which is believed to have been dropped off near the Club Apartments, on the 5800 block of Lake Otis Parkway, between April 20 and April 23.
Parker confirmed that the love seat is the same one arrested Airman James Thomas, 24, claimed to have cleaned and disposed of after he said an unknown gunman abducted a bloodied Reeves from his apartment, according to charging documents (PDF) filed earlier this week.
Thomas, considered a “person of interest” in the Reeves case, faces six felony counts of tampering with evidence after allegedly lying to investigators, burning clothing bloodied while cleaning his apartment and moving Reeves’ rental car from Thomas’ apartment building to the 200 block of McCarrey Street where it was later found. He is being held on $25,000 cash bail with a third-party custodian required for release.
Anyone with information on the love seat should immediately contact APD at 786-8900.
Police are also investigating a house in Eagle River where Thomas lived until recently.
Neighbors on Town Park Circle said APD assembled at a townhome on their block earlier this week, though no one could tell what investigators were specifically doing.
"They kept coming and going all day," said Chris Casey, who lives across the street.
Neighbors say, and APD confirms, that Thomas once lived at the house. No one knew if Reeves lived there.
"I haven’t seen any action over there in probably a month, the house has been quiet," said Casey.
Casey and others said they never saw any suspicious activity on their quiet block, which is occupied mostly by military members, families, and working professionals.
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